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Thursday, June 21, 2001
Updated: June 17, 1:17 PM ET
Hagen first American-born to win British Open

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

June 23, 1922

Walter Hagen once considered signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after winning the 1914 U.S. Open, he decided to continue his golf career. At the British Open in Sandwich, England, Hagen is the leader after two rounds, but shoots a disappointing 43 on the back nine in the morning. His third-round 79 drops him into a three-way tie for third, two strokes off the lead at 228.

Hagen rebounds in the afternoon, shooting a 72 to finish at 300, and is the leader. Jim Barnes and George Duncan have a chance to tie him on the 18th hole, but both miss their putts and wind up a stroke behind at 301.

The 29-year-old Hagen, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is the first American-born winner of the British Open. He will win the tournament three more times in the 1920s.